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AMD is setting up to deliver a couple of new Athlon II X3 CPUs to the market. These will be the Athlon II X3 445 and 450. The 445 will have a clock of 3.1GHz while the 450 will be clocked at a rather nice 3.2GHz. The A II 450 could have a 45nm Rana core with 1.5MB of L2 Cache and a TDP envelope of 95 Watts.
The current top dog Athlon II x3 is sits at right around $90 so we can only hope that these two come in around there and make fitting companions for the 890GX motherboard and perhaps a nice HD5670 or 5830. We should see the new CPUs from AMD sometime next quarter.
Our friend Nicole of Netbooknews has learned today that VIA's next-gen VX900 netbook chipset will be more widely adopted than first thought, making its way into more mainstream netbook models from the likes of Samsung and Lenovo etc.
And what's also particularly nice to hear is that we should be seeing netbook models with this chipset on display by June with VIA in anticipation of picking up some design wins during Computex.
To reflect on a previous report of the VIA VX900 chipset, a video demonstration recorded by Sascha of Netbooknews a few weeks back at VIA's headquarters showed it to be capable of smooth 1080p playback (thanks to the inclusion of a Chromotion HD 2.0 GPU) with comparable battery life to Intel's Atom CPU, unlike AMD Congo based notebooks where battery life is a weak point.
Sascha of Newbooknews has been doing some more digging in regards to the graphics performance capabilities of upcoming ARM Cortex A8 and A9 equipped smartphones, handhelds, tablets and smartbooks and managed to hook up some video recording time at GDC 2010 showing off a touchscreen GUI using the ARM-Mali 200 GPU.
It's very cool to watch and see what this little processor is capable of :-
AMD has been making its Opteron processors for a long time and the server segment is where AMD is most competitive with Intel. AMD has unveiled new Opteron 6000 series processors.
The processor line includes 8 and 12-core processors for high volume 2P and value 4P markets. The new processors will be offered in servers by HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI. AMD claims that the new servers offer twice the performance of its previous 6-core processors.
AMD specifically claims 88% increase in integer performance and a 119% increase in floating point performance. The processors also use less power than previous generations and are more stable.
News first started to emerge of an upcoming monster 12-core processor from AMD some weeks ago after it was leaked by an online retailer. In fact, AMD today announced its new range of Opteron 6000 processors to the world. You can read that announcement over here at their press release.
The lucky lads over at AnandTech managed to get hold one of these new server based processors from AMD, specifically they got their hands on the Opteron 6174 model. Not only did that get one, but they got two along with the required other hardware to compare this 2.2GHz part against the latest Intel Xeon processors in a dual CPU configuration.
We won't spoil all the results, but as you can see from the highly multi-threaded Cinebench 11.5 rendering test above, the AMD system is able to provide very solid results. This is fantastic news for AMD who has struggled for years now against Intel's strong reign in the processor market space.
Hit the news soruce link below to read the full review!
A couple days ago we reported on a story from Fudzilla that suggests Intel may be planning an unlocked processor for launch at Computex Taipei 2010 which is a big computer show held annually early June in Taiwan.
News has filtered out that Intel may in fact be releasing a second and cheaper unlocked processor at the tradeshow at the same time. The one we spoke about earlier this week was a high-end model, the Core i7 875K.
Apparently the next part is the Core i5 655K for Socket 1156 motherboards. The 3.2GHz dual-core processor is said to come with a TDP of 73 watts and naturally cost more than the standard locked Core i5 650, which will set you back around $195. So, a 10% price premium (just guessing!), would put it at around $215 USD.
AMD and Intel are fighting all the time in the CPU market. Intel historically outperforms AMD, but AMD comes in at a much lower price. Some new details on AMD's next entry into the CPU battle have surfaced.
The new processor in question is the AMD Phenom II X4 T series. The processors will be quad core parts, but will be based on the Thuban core which is a 6-core part making headlines recently. The first processors in the series will be the Phenom II X4 960T and the Phenom II X4 940T.
The 960T runs at 3.3GHz and the 940T is a 3GHz part. Both are based on the Denab die, which is a Thuban die with two of the cores disabled to make a processor with a codename Zosma. The parts will feature Turbo Core to step up the clock speed when needed and step clock speeds down when not needed. One cool feature is that the two locked cores can reportedly be unlocked making the parts 6-core, though that might not work in all cases according to TechPowerUp.
The gang over at Bit-tech have landed hands on the first AMD 880G chipset motherboard and spent some time fussing about with it. According to the publication, the board uses a SB850 Southbridge with native eSATA 6Gbps and RAID 5.
The chipset has a northbridge based on the RV620 core IGP. Graphics on the board are Radeon HD 4250 supporting DirectX 10.1 with 40 shaders and support for Sideport DDR3 memory. The board supports Hybrid graphics but lacks any new Crossfire support.
AMD is reportedly saving fancy CrossFire support for the higher end 890GX aimed at gamers. Other features of the 880G board include PCIe 2.0, 1x, 4x, and 16x PCI-e slots, and all this stuff is in a small microATX form factor.
Even though Sascha from Netbook News was able to get the scoop on the product yesterday, VIA has today only officially taken the wraps off its VX900 Media System Processor.
The VX900 is the latest single-chip solution from VIA that is designed to be coupled with the VIA Nano-3000 series of processors for netbooks and other related mobile devices. This new chip includes the new ChromotionHD 2.0 video processor that has VC1 and H.264 codec hardware acceleration to reduce heavy loading from the CPU.
Above is the video that Sascha from Netbook News produced showcasing the power of the VX900 when it comes to 1080p HD playback. Now we just need some folks to stand up to Intel and produce some netbooks based on its and the Nano CPU.
Now, which netbook making company is going to step up to the plate?!
According to a report by Fudo, Intel intends on launching a completely unlocked retail shipping processor in early June, which is Computex time here in Taiwan.
Multiplier unlocked processors are not a new thing, but they are usually always reserved only for media samples or for early development and testing.
The processor is question as reported is the Core i7 875K, where the 'K' apparently stands for unlocked. It is a Socket 1156 based processor designed for high-end Intel P55 Express chipset based motherboards. According to Fudo, it will come with a TDP of 95 watts and your motherboard will require a BIOS update to fully support it. Fudo goes on to say that it's a quad-core CPU with Turbo Boost and dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support.
Fudo isn't exactly sure on the clock speed, but guesses it will be 3GHz since the Core i7 870 operates at 2.93GHz. Socket 1156 overclocking bliss coming in June? Who is excited?